Saturday, March 27, 2010

Another strong spring outing for Carmona

Cleveland Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona has now lowered his spring ERA to 0.45 after he pitched seven scoreless innings against the Diamondbacks today.

In the past three seasons, Carmona's numbers have deteriorated each year.

That said, Carmona won 19 games in 2007 and finished the season with an ERA of 3.06.

According to, Carmona is not in the top 108 starting pitchers off the board as far as average draft position (ADP) is concerned.

Considering his low (or non-existent) ADP, Carmona has certainly become viable as a late-round sleeper with a good chance to bounce back in 2010.

Lincecum has cut on index finger

San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum has a small cut on his right index finger, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.

While the cut may cause Lincecum to miss his final start of the spring on Wednesday, he should be ready for Opening Day.

If he does pitch on Wednesday, however, he's likely to pitch against minor leaguers as manager Bruce Bochy "hides" him from the Dodgers, their Cactus League opponent on Wednesday.

"A lot of teams decide to go that route," Bochy said. "It's easier for him to [work on things] down there."

His one-run, four-inning start yesterday lowered his ERA this spring to 6.94. Lincecum has walked ten batters and has allowed 18 hits in 11 2/3 innings.